2024 World Cross Country Championships: Preview, Timetable, News & Where to Watch

29th March 2024

Beatrice Chebet will be seeking to defend her title in the senior women's category.

PHOTO| World Athletics
PHOTO| World Athletics
  • The 2024 edition of the World Athletics Cross Country Championships will take place at the Park of Friendship in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • The Kenyan men’s senior team is expected to face stiff competition from their Uganda and Ethiopian counterparts.
  • Three Kenyan runners did not travel with the team due to Vvsa issues.

The much-awaited 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships will finally go down on Saturday, March 30 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Most of the teams including the East African countries Kenya and Ethiopia have already arrived in the Southeast European nation.

However, some of the runners who were selected to represent Kenya in the event which will be staged at the Park of Friendship did not make the trip due to visa-related reasons.

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Team Kenya News

The trio of Gideon Kipngetich, Nancy Cherop and Diana Chepkemoi were left behind after failing to secure their travel documents from the Serbian Embassy domiciled in Nairobi.

According to Athletics Kenya (AK) director Barnaba Korir, they did their best to get visas for these junior athletes who are all aged 17 but their efforts failed to bear any fruit.

“We approached our ministry of foreign affairs to intervene but all was in vain,” Korir was quoted by Nation.

Meanwhile, Netherlands runner Sifan Hassan pulled out of the championship a few days ago to prepare for upcoming events such as the Wanda Diamond League and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

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Her absence has increased the chances of Kenyan women sweeping the podium clean on Saturday.

The star-studded senior women’s squad is made up of the defending champion Beatrice Chebet, Agnes Jebet Ngetich, Lilian Kasait, Emmaculate Anyango, Margaret Chelimo and Cintia Chepngeno.

Sabastian Sawe and Nicholas Kipkorir headline the senior men’s team which also has Samwel Chebolei, Benson Kiplangat, Gideon Rono and Ishmael Kipkurui.


The World Athletics released the timetable of the event and gave their followers a glimpse of the Park of Friendship course on Thursday evening.

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Based on the timetable, the women’s U20 race will kick start the event at exactly 1 PM Kenyan time.

The Men’s U20 category will then follow at 1:35 PM Kenyan time before the start of the mixed relay discipline at 2:15 PM.

The senior women’s and men’s 10K races will completed this year’s edition at 2:45 PM and 3:45 PM respectively.

Where to watch

Athletics fans from different regions of the world will livestream the event on the World Athletics Inside Track website or the World Athletics YouTube channel.

The links to the above platform can easily be accessed on the internet.  Moreover, some broadcasters are expected to show the event either delayed or live.

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